Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort in Tucson completed an expansion that saw the property add 32 guestrooms, including two two-bedroom suites. The rooms are located on the north side of the property’s 34 acres, bringing the total guestroom count to 59.
The new rooms are identified as the Catalina rooms because of the views of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Hacienda Del Sol's local owners collaborated with Tucson's Eglin + Bresler Architects and W.E. O’Neil on the expansion that started in 2014.
The new Catalina rooms and suites were designed to reflect the Santa Fe style construction of the existing historic structures. The six new buildings that house the rooms have a village feel with landscaped walking paths that lead guests to the Terraza Garden Patio, courtyard and new negative edge swimming pool. Each building houses a different number of rooms and has hand-painted Mexican-tile murals, metal sculptures and over 4,000 tons of recycled Coronado brown stone.
The new Catalina rooms and suites have hand-painted border around the ceiling, Talavera tile and custom-made wood furniture handcrafted in Mexico. Light fixtures, headboards, wrought iron drapery rods, wood floors and fabrics in the rooms were inspired by the Southwest. Walls were painted in earth tones. Every room has a patio with a view of the mountains or cityscape; most have both views and six have private, outdoor showers. The two Catalina suites are double the standard room size and include a conference-sized dining table with conferencing capabilities.
The expansion created 32 new spa rooms as each of the new Catalina rooms is designed to accommodate in-room spa services. Six of the ground-level Catalina rooms have outdoor showers.
The Spa Studio was reappointed and is now located near the courtyard gardens.
The expansion also created a new event space and saw enhancements made to existing venues by incorporating the resort's views and adornments.
On the southern edge of the property, the Casa Luna Ballroom can seat up to 260 guests. It has a patio with city views. Inside, the ballroom has hacienda design elements that include 15-foot ceilings; custom wall sconces, chandeliers, drapes, room accents, and mirrors; concrete pre-function floors; and Talavera tile in the new restrooms. Casa Luna Ballroom offers divisible space; double 11’ screens; AV facilities; accent lighting with various controls; theater lights; a dedicated kitchen; new furniture and dance floor; dual entrances (outside and hotel); a cloakroom; and vendor access.
At Hacienda Del Sol's northern edge, the new negative-edge Catalina Pool area has views of Tucson's Santa Catalina Mountains. The space, which can accommodate up to 100 guests, has a dedicated bar.
Terraza Garden Patio & Lounge can accommodate up to 150 guests in a convertible al fresco setting. It has a fire pit, cigar lounge area and mountain views.
Previously completed phases of Hacienda Del Sol's expansion included a new circle drive with shade vigas, a valet house and paved parking lots.
John and Helen Murphey created Hacienda del Sol in 1929.